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Old 03-16-2010
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I went up our mast a couple of months ago. We have wire/rope splices too. I first tested the the halyard by hanging on it prior to being winched up.

Then, like Tager's contraption above, I used 2 prusik-type back-ups on the mast (changing from one to the other at the spreaders). I then tied off at the top and did my thing.

It was a breeze. The more back-up you can have, the better. After rock climbing for years, this was far less sketchy than trusting a #3 chock to hold on a 40' whipper.
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